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Published on May 21, 2012

Mercy Philadelphia & Mercy Fitzgerald Hospitals Join Federal Patient Safety Project

PA Hospital Network, led by HAP and joined by 130 partner hospitals, will target preventable hospital-acquired conditions, readmissions, complications

Darby, PA (May 21, 2012): Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to delivering high quality, safe medical care, Mercy Philadelphia and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospitals have been accepted as two of more than 130 members of the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network1, a two-year patient-safety initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, one of only 26 such networks in the nation, is a component of the HHS Partnership for Patients2 initiative, and brings together hospitals with The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance to implement strategies to achieve Partnership for Patients goals of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions, readmissions, and complications during hospitalization.

Targeted conditions will include prevention of wrong-site surgery, adverse drug events, falls, venous thromboembolism, obstetrical adverse events, readmissions, surgical-site infection, pressure ulcers, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Through the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals will focus its efforts on preventing re-admissions. In addition, Mercy Fitzgerald will focus on patient falls reduction while Mercy Philadelphia Hospital will also focus on preventing venous thromboembolism.

“We are proud to be participating with the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, the hospital association, and the CMS Partnership for Patients initiative,” said Kathryn Conallen, CEO of Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals.

“At some point in our lives, many of us are going to need hospital care, and we need to be confident that no matter where we live, we’re going to get the best care in the world,” Conallen said. “The Hospital Engagement Network provides Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals with access to a vast network of knowledge and resources that will enhance the quality and safety of care that we provide to our patients every day.”

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals have been leaders in health care quality and patient safety initiatives for decades,” said Carolyn F. Scanlan, president and CEO of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the lead contractor for the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network. “We also have been involved with many notable ‘firsts’ in Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania was the first state to create a patient safety organization, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority; the first state to require the reporting of all health care-associated infections and to release the first hospital-specific infection report; and the first state to develop and implement a payment policy with the state’s Medicaid program that would reduce payments to hospitals when a covered patient experienced a preventable serious adverse event.”

Other initiatives spearheaded by HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals include the Pennsylvania Pressure Ulcer Partnership; the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 Lives and 5 Million Lives campaigns; and the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program.

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals are about healing, health, and hope,” Scanlan said. “We are excited by this opportunity to build on our successes and engage Pennsylvania’s hospitals in this new initiative to further improve the care provided to the millions of patients who come through our doors each year.”



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